Mwilu's case: Queen Counsel Qureshi in temporary set back

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Attempts by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji to have London-based Queen's Counsel Khawar Qureshi to prosecute Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu have hit a snag. The High Court responding to lawyer James Orengo, for the DCJ's defence team, wanted the Queen's Counsel Khawar Qureshi stopped from prosecuting the case on grounds that he didn't produce a certificate of practice, granted his prayers. Justices Hellen Omondi, Mumbi Ngugi, William Musyoka, Francis Tuiyot and Chacha Mwita directed the matter to be heard on January 17, 2019. The court further directed the defence to file a formal application within 14 days. The DPP was also given a similar period to respond. In a battle of wits, Secretary of Prosecutions Dorcus Oduor said the prosecution would apply to have lawyers Okongo Omogeni and James Orengo disqualified from the defence because as senators they enjoyed parliamentary privileges to question the DPP in Senate Committees which amounts to conflict of interest. Qureshi had been engaged by DPP Noordin Haji, to handle the corruption case facing DCJ Mwilu on grounds that case was complicated and needed an independent person who had no political links or emotional attachment to it.